Meadowburn Primary School - Bun Sgoil Innis an Uillt School Handbook 2020 2021
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Contents Welcome to Meadowburn Primary School School Vision, Values and Aims Section One – School Information and Contact Details Section Two – Parental Involvement Section Three – School Ethos Section Four – Curriculum for Excellence Section Five – Assessment and Reporting Section Six – Transitions Section Seven – Support for Pupils Section Eight – School Improvement Section Nine – Policies and Practical Information
Meadowburn Primary School Lendale Lane Bishopbriggs Glasgow G64 3LL 0141 955 2293 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://meadowburn.e-dunbarton.sch.uk Twitter: @Meadowburnprim Dear Parents/Carers, Welcome to Meadowburn Primary School. I hope you will find our handbook interesting and informative. Here at Meadowburn we aim to provide a safe, happy and caring environment where children learn respect for themselves and for others. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and work hard to ensure that our pupils fulfil their potential. We aim to help our pupils become independent learners, be creative, healthy and develop a positive attitude to life. Meadowburn is a busy school. We encourage partnership with parents and the wider community. We have an active Parent Council, Comman Nam Pàrant and a Parent Teacher Association that organises many social and fundraising events over the school year. Many other parents support their children at school in a variety of ways, including those who volunteer regularly in the school as parent helpers. If after reading this handbook you require further information about Meadowburn Primary you may find what you are looking for on our school website at www.meadowburn.e-dunbarton. sch.uk To speak to a member of staff please telephone number on 0141 955 2293 or alternatively email your request to email@example.com Contact details for the Parent Council, Comman Nam Pàrant and the Parent Teacher Association are available on our website or by contacting the school office at the number above or by email. We hope that your child will be happy with us at Meadowburn Primary and we look forward to working in partnership with you. Yours sincerely, Jennifer Campbell Head Teacher
Vision Meadowburn … A motivating, challenging, inclusive & nurturing community where we learn, achieve & grow. Lèirsinn Innis an Uillt … Coimhearsnachd dùbhlanach, brosnachail, in-ghabhalta & àrachaidh far am bi sinn ag ionnsachadh, a’ coileanach ‘s a fas. Values Luachan Aims To provide a stimulating and nurturing environment which encourages and supports all children to achieve success and equips them with a 'toolbox of skills' for life-long learning. To deliver a creative, balanced and pupil-centred curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. To aim high and raise attainment and achievement for all by working in partnership with pupils, parents and staff. To promote and develop Gaelic Medium Education and celebrate Gaelic language and culture throughout the school and wider community. To encourage an ethos of respect and equity and to value diversity across the whole school. Amasan A’ solarachadh àrainneachd thogarrach is àrachaidh a tha a’ brosnachadh ’s a’ cuideachadh nan sgoilearan gus soirbheas a choileanadh agus a tha gan uidheamachadh le sgilean airson foghlaim fad-beatha. A’ lìbhrigeadh curraicealam cruthachail agus cothromach a tha stèidhte air an sgoilear gus feuman an luchd-ionnsachaidh uile a choileanadh. Ag amas air àrd ìre agus a’ togail buileachadh is coileanadh don a h-uile duine le bhith ag obair ann an com-pàirteachas le sgoilearan, pàrantan agus luchd-ionnsachaidh. A’ leasachadh ’s ag adhartachadh foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig agus a’ comharrachadh cànan ’s cultar na h-Alba tron sgoil ’s tron choimhearsnachd nas farsainge. A’ brosnachadh spèis is cothromas ann an ethos na sgoile agus a’ cur luach ann an iomadachd tron sgoil gu lèir.
Section One – Practical Information about the school School Name Meadowburn Primary School Head Teacher Ms Jennifer Campbell Address Lendale Lane Bishopbriggs Glasgow, G64 3LL Telephone Number 0141 955 2293 Fax Number 0141 563 0225 E-mail Address firstname.lastname@example.org School web site www.meadowburn.e-dunbarton.sch.uk School Twitter @Meadowburnprim The agreed working capacity of the school is 354 and the present roll is 322 in the primary units and 117 in the nurseries. P1- P3 Class Size Reduction The class size limit for P1 is 25, for P2 and P3 class size limit is 30. Parents should note that the working capacity of the school may vary dependent on the number of pupils at each stage and the way in which the classes are organised. The school provides both nursery and primary education. We provide pre-school and primary Gaelic Medium Education for pupils whose parents wish them to be taught through the medium of the Gaelic language. Further details about the benefits of Gaelic Medium Education can be found in Section 3. Please contact the school if you wish further information about Gaelic Medium Education. Denominational Status Non-Denominational Single Sex or Co-Educational Co-Educational Community Facilities Breakfast Service & Out of School Care (Mon – Fri) Named Person Service Contact: Ms Jennifer Campbell For further information on letting procedures contact: School and Community Centre Letting East Dunbartonshire Council Suite 4 6 Strathkelvin Place Kirkintilloch G66 1XT Tel 0300 123 4510 Email: email@example.com Under the direction of the Education Authority the Parent Council assists in the letting of school premises.
TEACHING STAFF Head Teacher Ms J Campbell Depute Head Teacher Mrs C Doherty Principal Teacher (Mainstream Primary) Mrs C Craig (0.8) Mr P Dhaliwal (0.2) Principal Teacher (Gaelic Medium Primary) Mrs A MacDermaid Mainstream Primary classes Primary 1 Ms J Gough Primary 2 Mrs R Rutherford Primary 3 Mrs C Murray Primary 3/4 Mrs D Black Primary 4/5 Mrs L Flynn/Mr P Dhaliwal Primary 5 Mrs N Murphy Primary 6 Ms L Mitchell/Mrs T Main Primary 6/7 Mrs M McCooe/Mrs A Lane Primary 7 Ms E Gibb RCCT/Raising Attainment Mrs K McSorland, Mrs Main, Mrs McLeod Gaelic Medium Primary classes Clas 1/2 Ms K MacKinnon Clas 2/3 Ms F Graham/Mrs A MacRitchie Clas 4/5 Mrs D MacRitchie Clas 5/6/7 Mr M Gurillo/Ms M Smith RCCT/Raising Attainment Ms F Graham Mainstream Nursery Nursery Teacher Mrs C Riddell Deputy Head of Centre Louise Martin Senior Early Years’ Worker Ilona Cassidy Early Years’ Worker Jillian Towill Early Years’ Worker Lesley Flockhart Early Years’ Worker Debbie Armstrong Early Years’ Worker Mark Hutton Early Years’ Worker Karen Harvey Early Years’ Worker Abbey Chal Early Years’ Worker Rebecca Pollock Early Years’ Worker Chantelle Lamb Early Years’ Worker Kirsty Welsh Early Years’ Worker Michelle McBride Early Years’ Worker Wendy Hill Early Years’ Worker Hayley Burns Gaelic Medium Nursery Nursery Teacher Mrs S Morrison Early Years’ Worker Mrs L McGee Early Years’ Worker Mrs P Johnston Early Years’ Support Worker Mrs F Threshie
School Support Staff Administrative Assistant Mrs M MacIntosh Clerical Assistant Ms F McGregor Clerical Assistant Mrs S Sharma Clerical Assistant (Mainstream Nursery) Mrs D Holley Classroom Assistant Mr J Brown Classroom Assistant Mrs E Henderson Classroom Assistant Mrs H McInnes Classroom Assistant Mrs P Paskin Support for Learning Assistant Mrs L Lewsley Support for Learning Assistant Mrs E McGrath Support for Learning Assistant Mrs P McMaster Support for Learning Assistant Mrs M MacDonald Specialist Visiting Staff Education Support Teacher Mrs S McLean Woodwind Instructor Mrs J McKane Cello Instructor Ms E Mackay Clarsach Instructor Mr I Hood Traditional Instrument tutor Mr A MacPherson Please note that the staff list is for Session 2019 – 2020 and may vary from session to session. SCHOOL HOURS Primary Start 9.00am Interval 10.30am - 10.45am Lunch 12.15pm – 1.00pm Dismissal 3.00pm Mainstream Nursery Morning Session 8.40am – 11.50am Afternoon session 12.50pm – 4.00pm Extended hours sessions 8.00am – 6.00pm Gaelic Nursery Morning Session 8.45am – 11.55am Primary 1 children will attend school for the full day from the start of the term. AFTER SCHOOL CARE Out of school care is provided in the school Bishopbriggs Out of School Care. The hours are: 7.45am-9.00am 3.00pm-6.00pm Monday to Friday Further details are available from the school office. Gym times for classes are organised termly. Each pupil receives a Home-link diary which will provide parents with this information and any changes to it as they occur throughout the session. We hold whole school assemblies on Friday mornings from 9.30 – 10.30.
Attendance at School Section 30 of the 1980 Education Act lays a duty on every parent of a child of ‘school age’ to ensure that their child attends school regularly. Attendance must be recorded twice a day, morning and afternoon. Regulation 7 of the Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Amendments, Etc, Regulations 1993 requires each child’s absence from school to be recorded in the school register as authorised i.e. approved by the authority, or unauthorised i.e. unexplained by the parent (truancy) or temporarily excluded from school. Un-notified Absence Policy It is East Dunbartonshire Council’s policy that parents should notify their child’s school if their child is going to be absent. In some instances it might not be possible for parents to pre-notify the school of an absence because their child may have become unwell during the night. In these circumstances, parents should notify the school by phone before registration begins at 9 o’clock. If parents do not inform the school of their child’s absence, the school will take action to find your child. This will involve contacting you and, where necessary, your emergency contact person(s). If these actions are not successful, the school will ask the school’s Attendance Officer to visit your home. In some exceptional circumstances, where the school believes your child could be at risk of harm, contact will be made with the Police and/or Social Work. Parents should also give their child a note on his/her return to school confirming the reason for absence. Family Holidays Every effort should be made to avoid family holidays during term time as this seriously disrupts a child’s education and greatly reduces learning time. It should be noted that it not only has an adverse effect on a child while he/she is absent from school, but also leads to extended disruption to a child’s education for a period of time when he/she returns to school after the family holiday. Family holidays will only be regarded as authorised absence where prior agreement from the school has been obtained and where it is judged the holiday is important to the wellbeing and cohesion of the family, following serious or terminal illness, bereavement or other traumatic events. Parents may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school to make an extended visit to relatives. This leave will be regarded the same as a family holiday but will be recorded separately from school holidays for attendance purposes. Requests should be made in writing detailing the destination and the duration. Clearly with no explanation from the parents, the absence is unauthorised. Information regarding exceptional closures We make every effort to maintain a full educational service, but on some occasions circumstances arise which lead to disruption. Schools may be affected by, for example, severe weather, temporary interruption of transport, power failures or difficulties of fuel supply. In such cases we shall do all we can to let you know about the details of closure or re-opening. We shall keep you in touch by using letters, notices in local shops and community centres, announcements in local churches and announcements in the press and on local radio. There will also be updates on the website www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk.
(a) Parental Communication with School in Case of Emergency It is important that parents keep contact with the school to a minimum in the case of an emergency. When you telephone the school you will be asked for a contact number and your message will be repeated back. Please ensure the pupil’s name, class and/or teacher’s name is given. Where possible you should telephone before 2.30pm if there are any changes to childcare arrangements. Comments, Compliments and Complaints Procedure We are keen that you should be completely satisfied about your child's education and we encourage feedback on our services from parents and pupils. We are, therefore, interested in feedback of all kinds, whether it be comments, compliments, or complaints. If you want to register a comment of any type about the school you can do this by writing, e-mailing, telephoning or making an appointment to see someone. All feedback is welcome and keeps us in touch. If, in particular, you have a complaint about the school, please let us know. It is better that these things are shared openly and resolved fairly, rather than being allowed to damage the relationship between the family and the school. There will be no negative consequences arising from making a complaint and we will deal with the issue as confidentially as possible. In relation to making a complaint: Stage 1 – Frontline resolution, we will always try to resolve the complaint quickly and to the customer’s satisfaction wherever we can. This resolution will be provided within five working days, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Stage 2 – Investigation, if you are dissatisfied with the decision at stage 1, the complaint will be investigated, acknowledged in three working days and decision provided as soon as possible but within twenty working days. If you are still unhappy after the further investigation and reply you can take the matter up with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, our reply will include the contact details. You should also note that you have the right to raise unresolved concerns with your local councillors, MSP or MP.
Section Two – Parental Engagement in the School Parents Welcome All East Dunbartonshire Council schools welcome parental involvement as research has shown that when parents are involved children do better in school. A close partnership between home and school is essential if children are to benefit from their time at school. Meadowburn’s open-door policy means that parents can contact the school at any time to discuss matters of concern or to discuss specific issues with staff. We try our best to respond to parental concerns or requests within 24 hours or sooner if possible. Our response may be in the form of a phone call, a letter or an email. There are presently a number of ways in which the school seeks to develop and strengthen links with parents and to keep parents informed and involved in the life of the school :- Meet the Teacher Evening at the end of August Parent / teacher meetings (November and May/June) Progress reports Online Learning Stories Induction Programme for Primary 1 Parental Workshops Open evening and classroom visits Curriculum Evenings Family Learning Activities Homework and Home-link diaries Parent prompts and Information leaflets Groupcall instant messages and alerts Newsletters School website School Twitter Page Services - Harvest, Christmas, Easter, Summer Class assemblies Parent Volunteer Helpers in school Educational Outings Annual Christmas Fair Family Fun Night in June Concerts PTA Social Events Parental broad views on the school’s performance are sought annually as well as after curriculum or open events. These views are used to support our self evaluation and help us improve our provision for the children of Meadowburn Primary. Parent Councils Parent Councils are the formal representative body for parents / carers with children attending school. Parent Councils are different in each school to enable them to meet the needs of parents / carers locally. Parents are welcomed to be: Involved and engaged with their child’s education and learning; be active participants in the life of the school; and
express their views on school education generally and work in partnership with their children's schools. All parents / carers are automatically members of the Parent Forum at their child’s school. As a member of the Parent Forum all parents can expect to – receive information about the school and its activities; hear about what partnership with parents means in our school; be invited to be involved in ways and times that suit you; identify issues you want the parent council to work on with the school; be asked your opinion by the parent council on issues relating to the school and the education it provides; work in partnership with staff; and enjoy taking part in the life of the school in whatever way possible. The Parent Forum decides how their representatives on the Parent Council are chosen and how the Parent Council operates. Parents / carers are encouraged to volunteer or put themselves forward to be chosen as representatives of the Parent Council if they wish. The main aims of the Parent Council are: To support the school in its work with pupils To represent the views of parents To promote contact between the school, parents, pupils, providers of Early Learning and Childcare education (if applicable) and the community To report to the Parent Forum To be involved in the appointment of senior promoted staff. To raise funds for the school for the benefit of pupils (in some schools the PTA fulfils this role). The chair of our Parent Council is Mrs Shona McCarthy. Her contact details are available from the school office. The Parent Council meets at least six times per year. If you have an issue you would like them to address please contact Mrs McCarthy. For more information on parental involvement or to find out about parents as partners in their children’s learning, please contact the school or visit the Parentzone website at www.parentzonescotland.gov.uk. Parent - Teacher Association (PTA) The PTA is mainly responsible for arranging events for parents and raising funds for the school. Volunteers are welcome - please contact the PTA if you want to join in. The Chair of the Parent Teacher Association is Mrs Sam McLean who can be contacted through the school office. The Scottish Parent Teacher Council is the national organisation for PTAs in Scotland and runs an independent helpline service for all parents. They can be contacted by phone on 0131 226 4378, fax 0870 706 5814 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org or write to SPTC, Mansfield Traquair Centre,15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB.
Comman Nam Pàrant.(CnP) CnP represents parents of children in the Gaelic Medium Unit. The Chair is Mrs Lisa O’Donnell, Her contact details are available from the school office. CnP support the unit by raising awareness of the benefits of Gaelic Medium Education, organising and raising funds for Gaelic Youth club and organising Fèisean, cultural events for the children in the school. Each Parent group is represented on the Parent Council. Pupil Involvement The school has a number of committees for pupils. Currently these are:- The Pupil Council which helps make school improvements The Eco Committee which organises recycling and environment improving activities The Health Committee which organises Health and Well-being initiatives in the school The Enterprise Committee which encourages enterprise activities such as fund-raising, competitions and community involvement Digital Ambassadors who support the development of Digital Literacy in the school. All pupils are encouraged to become members of committees.
Section Three- School Ethos School Vision Statement Our school vision, values and aims were updated in 2017 in consultation with pupils, parents and staff and our shared vision for Meadowburn is … ‘A motivating, challenging, inclusive and nurturing community where we learn, achieve and grow.’ School Aims: To provide a stimulating and nurturing environment which encourages and supports all children to achieve success and equips them with a ‘toolbox of skills’ for life-long learning. To deliver a creative, balanced and pupil-centred curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. To aim high and raise attainment and achievement for all by working in partnership with pupils, parents and staff. To promote and develop Gaelic Medium Education and celebrate Gaelic language and culture throughout the school and wider community. To encourage an ethos of respect and equity and to value diversity across the whole school. School Values Respect Spèis Fairness Cothromachd Kindness Caoimhneas Honesty Fìreantachd Cooperation Co-obrachadh Responsibility Uallach We celebrate our pupils’ achievements both within the school and out of school activities through our weekly assemblies where merit certificates are awarded, monthly wider achievement assemblies and newsletters. Our pupils’ achievements are also displayed on wall displays throughout the school and recorded in their individual online Learning Stories. School and Community The school is an integral part of the community and close links are maintained with a range of individuals, groups, organisations and official bodies. The school works closely with the Council and regularly takes part in Community Chess Competitions. Members of the police and fire and rescue service visit the school on a regular basis and have input to our health and wellbeing programme. We also have close links with the school nurse who is involved in aspects of topic work in the area of health education in addition to her regular duties. Every year the school is pleased to assist in the training of student teachers. We also provide work experience to students from Bishopbriggs Academy throughout the year as well as those involved in community projects. The list of community links could be extensive, however, it is important to note that parents are kept fully informed of all school events through the regular newsletters. We try at all times to further extend our links with the community by involving the children in competitions, visits and fund raising for charity.
Equal opportunities and social inclusion In East Dunbartonshire, all children and young persons are entitled to participate fully in a learning community which promotes equality of opportunity and seeks to protect against all forms of discrimination. The school believes that pupils and staff have the right to learn in a caring and safe environment. Staff will not tolerate any behaviour or attitudes which lead to staff and pupils being humiliated or harmed because of their age, race, colour, language, nationality, ethnic origin, cultural and religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, marital status and disability. The Equality Act (2010) The Gender Equality Duty was created by the Equality Act (2010) and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties. The duty came into force in April 2011 and covers age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. The school is committed to the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) and as such we will have due regard to the need to: Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation; Advance equality of opportunity between children and young people who share a characteristic and those who do not; Foster good relationships between different groups. The school will take cognisance of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s ‘Technical guidance for schools in Scotland’ in the development of its policy and practice. A copy of this document can be obtained from all schools in East Dunbartonshire Council, and from the Chief Education Officer who is based at The Marina, Strathkelvin Place, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow G66 1TJ. Tel: 0300 1234510. Development of Pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social Values The school is committed to supporting the development of its pupils as whole people and as a result, wishes to encourage their development in spiritual, moral, social and cultural terms. These key human aspects of learning are supported through the following arrangements by:- Creating a school ethos which, in every way possible, gives value to these aspects of development, especially by providing an overall atmosphere that is both caring and challenging and which provides opportunities for the development of personal responsibility. Promoting social and moral learning through the way in which disciplinary issues are handled. Ensuring that staff and adults within the school provide positive models for pupils. Arranging regular gatherings of the school as a community and using such occasions to encourage and reinforce the values on which the school is based. Enriching the curriculum in all appropriate areas with an emphasis on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Providing opportunities within the curriculum to advance personal and social development. Providing a programme of religious education in which consideration will be given to responses to basic questions relating to the meaning, value and purpose of human life. Providing a programme of moral education. Taking every appropriate opportunity to acknowledge, value and appreciate the various cultures and heritage of the pupils and to encourage them to appreciate and value the cultures and heritage of others.
Gaelic Medium Education East Dunbartonshire Council is committed to the promotion and support of Gaelic Medium Education. Currently, provision is available from nursery through to Primary 7 at Meadowburn Primary School and at Bishopbriggs Academy for pupils of secondary school age. Gaelic Medium pupils leave Meadowburn Primary School with the advantage of having become proficient in two languages, Gaelic and English. As a parent / carer you have the right to apply for a place at Meadowburn Primary School’s Gaelic Unit. In March 2018, following consultation, changes to the catchment area for Gaelic Medium Primary Education were made which means that the catchment for the Gaelic Unit at Meadowburn Primary School is now the whole of East Dunbartonshire. This ensures that children in the primary stages who live in East Dunbartonshire are able to register for Gaelic Medium Primary Education without the barrier of having to submit a placing request. There are many publicised educational benefits to learning Gaelic. Gaelic Medium Education is recognised for successful and high-quality achievement in which young people gain all the benefits of bilingualism such as communication, cultural, cognitive and employment advantages. In Meadowburn, we currently have four Gaelic Medium Classes as well as a Gaelic Medium Early Years’ Centre (Sgoil Araich). During the nursery years and first three years of Primary, children have ‘total immersion’ in Gaelic. The next stage of learning in Gaelic Medium Education is the ‘immersion phase’ where the curriculum in its entirety continues to be taught through the medium of Gaelic. Children should then have a secure base in Gaelic language to transfer to developing reading and writing skills in English Language and to learn at a quicker pace across the curricular areas and contexts. Please contact the school if you wish further information about Gaelic Medium Education. Where can I find further information about Gaelic Medium Education? The Highland Council video, “Educational Growth” explains the benefits of Gaelic Medium Education and of being bilingual. Bòrd na Gàidhlig – This is a statutory body, which has a remit for promoting the use and understanding of Gaelic language, culture and education. Stòrlann Naiseanta na Gàidhlig is a government funded group that provides books, resources, support and advice for young people and teachers in Gaelic education. Comann nam Pàrant is a parental network that gives support and advice on all aspects of Gaelic Medium Education. The Gaelic4parents website provides live online support with GME homework across subjects. The website also has audio books for enjoyment and as part of Gaelic reading schemes used by GME schools. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s website has a range of information on Gaelic Medium Education. It includes a video on the benefits of Gaelic Medium Education, as well as useful advice.
Pupil Conduct A partnership between the school and parents is required in order to ensure the best possible standards of pupil conduct. Pupils are expected to set themselves high standards in appearance and behaviour. School rules have been devised to encourage the maximum amount of self-discipline. The rules themselves are relatively simple and few in number to allow for the smooth running of the school. The general aim is to produce an atmosphere of friendly co-operation, encouraging respect and consideration for other persons and for property. School Discipline The relationship between pupils and teacher is similar to that between the child and his/her own parents requiring mutual consideration on both sides. We aim to provide a caring, happy, safe and secure environment in which the opportunities for learning are maximised, children are motivated to learn and good relationships are encouraged. The children are actively involved in creating their own set of class rules and expectations at the start of each new session. Award systems are used in every class and as part of a whole school reward system to encourage high standards of behaviour and to reward effort. The school uses restorative practices to resolve disputes and mend relationships amongst children. All staff have been trained in this approach which encourages participants to say what they feel happened, how it made them feel and how they think it can be resolved. In most cases this works very well and supports children in resolving disputes. Our pupils are involved in anti-bullying activities and we have a robust anti-bullying policy in line with East Dunbartonshire’s Anti-bullying Policy and Procedures which was recently updated in partnership with pupils and parents. This is available from our website or on hardcopy on request from the school office. We also follow the advice and procedures as set out in Anti Weapon/Knife Crime in Schools Guidance, May 2017. Although we employ a very positive approach to discipline there are occasions when sanctions are necessary to discourage children from repeating inappropriate behaviour. Incidents of any inappropriate behaviour are recorded by teaching staff and reported to a member of the Senior Management Team. At all times we will seek the involvement and support from parents to resolve any behaviour issues emerging. House System Pupils are allocated to one of our four houses, Rannoch/Ràineach (Yellow), Ness/Nis (Blue), Lomond/Laomainn (Red) or Fyne/Fìne (Green). Presentations are held at the beginning of each session to elect Captains and Vice-Captains from Primary 7 and all pupils are encouraged to wear their issued house badge. Inter-house activities are held throughout the year and the children compete in house teams on Sports Day, normally held in June. House point tokens are allocated by the Senior Management Team and Support Staff for good conduct and behaviour throughout the year.
Section Four – Curriculum for Excellence Bringing learning to life and life to learning. The recently refreshed Curriculum for Excellence spans learning from 3-18 years. Its aims are to improve our children’s life chances, to nurture successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens, building on Scotland’s reputation for great education. It develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping make connections in their learning. It develops skills which can enable children to think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions. Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills. Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and ability. All teachers are be responsible for the development of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. There is an entitlement to personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities with additional support wherever that’s needed. There will be a new emphasis by all staff on looking after our children’s health and wellbeing – to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure. The curriculum of the school has been designed collaboratively and underpins our key values for learning and for the development of the whole child. It is planned giving breadth, depth and coherence which will encourage progression in all elements of learning. It seeks to provide relevance to the world the children live in and provide opportunities to give personalisation and choice to our learners fostering independent learning. It affords equality of opportunity to all children and seeks to provide challenge and enjoyment through all learning activities offered. Further information on our recently updated Curriculum Design and Rationale can be found on the school website. The principal areas of the curriculum are: English Language and Literacy Numeracy and Mathematics Health and Wellbeing Modern Languages including Gaelic Sciences Expressive Arts Religious and Moral Education Social Studies Technologies Literacy and English Literacy skills are taught and reinforced across all areas of learning. The outcomes in Literacy and English are Reading, Writing, Listening and Talking. The core resources used are Storyworlds P 1 – P3, Literacy Evolve and Chapter Books P4 –P7, Write to the Top, Nelson English Grammar, Nelson Spelling and Nelson Handwriting.
Numeracy and Mathematics Numeracy skills are taught and reinforced across all areas of learning. The core resources used are Heinemann Active Maths and Heinemann Mathematics. The outcomes in mathematics are Number Processes, Money and Measurement, Shape, Position and Movement, Data Handling. Primary Modern Languages In Meadowburn Primary School our Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils are taught German. We have close links with Bishopbriggs Academy’s Modern language Department and the Goethe Institut which is the main cultural organisation supporting German language studies. We also provide Gaelic Language in the Primary School for our mainstream primary pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 7. Our children therefore benefit from an early introduction to additional languages. Social Studies The school planners for Social Studies, Sciences, Technologies and a Framework for Interdisciplinary Learning outline specific skills development for each stage of the school and ensure a balanced programme of study taking account of the key areas which are: Social Studies People, past events and societies People, place and environment People in society, economy and business Sciences Biological systems, Forces, electricity and waves Planet Earth Materials Topical science Technologies Technological developments in society ICT to enhance learning business Computing science Food and textiles Craft, design, engineering and graphics. In all above subject areas pupils are encouraged to ‘Develop Informed Attitudes’ and skills in preparing for tasks, carrying out tasks and reviewing and reporting on tasks are developed. While children are engaged in their topics, visits to places of interest, visitors to class and partnership with secondary school departments are encouraged to come in and join our pupils’ to enhance the topic. Health and Well-Being ‘Learning and health go hand in hand. Good health of children and young people is a prerequisite for educational achievement. Good health of teachers is important to the development of effective schools. Health promoting schools aim at empowering students, staff and parents to actively influence their lives and their living conditions.’ Education and Health in Partnership: European Conference, 2002 In Meadowburn Primary School we aim to promote physical, emotional and social health by: Raising self-esteem and self-reliance to contribute to raised achievement and attainment;
Encouraging healthier eating by promoting healthy eating options; Raising awareness of the dangers of misusing harmful substances including illegal drugs as well as tobacco, alcohol and medical drugs and give them strategies to enable young people to choose not to misuse them; Encouraging an increase in physical exercise; Encouraging safe practices to promote personal safety, security and well-being at school, as well as in the environment of young people; Providing factual and appropriate information in Sexual Health and Relationships. In our Drug Education programme we aim to: Use an interactive approach to engage pupils in discussion, giving them opportunities to voice opinions, hopes and fears; Allow pupils to develop knowledge and understanding about drugs, alcohol and tobacco, their effects and implications of misuse; Provide opportunities for pupils to develop healthy beliefs and attitudes; Allow pupils to develop skills which enable them to make healthy choices and decisions, including those which allow them to resist peer pressure; Provide opportunities for appropriate outside agencies (eg police) to assist staff in delivering certain aspects of drug education In our Sexual Health and Relationships Education programme we aim to: Present facts in an objective and sensitive manner within a framework of sound values Make sure that Sex and Relationships Education takes account of each child’s age, understanding and stage of development Work in partnership with parents Ensure that pupils have access to a planned, consistent and progressive sexual health education programme Respect the different cultures, ethnic and religious environment of the home Respect the different home circumstances and needs of all young people Help young people to make informed, responsible and healthy choices about their lives, relationships and their contribution to society Copies of the content of our Sexual Health and Relationships programme are available on our website or on request from the school office. Parents will be alerted when we begin these lessons in Term 4. Technologies ICT skills are not taught in isolation but are developed throughout all areas of the curriculum. Children develop basic computer skills in Primary 1 and build on these each year. ICT is used to enhance learning and teaching in all subjects and develop skills which the children will need for lifelong learning. Meadowburn has a PC and an interactive whiteboard in each classroom and in each nursery playroom and also one in the library. We also have a projector which is mobile and can be used in the hall linked to a laptop. We use various applications, topic related websites and interactive software to enhance learning experiences.
We also have wireless laptops and I pads which classes can use as well as a Digital Literacy Base which has 16 desktop PCs and an interactive whiteboard. As well as using computers children are encouraged to use a range of technologies including listening centres, electronic books, CD Roms, DVD players, digital cameras, digital video cameras, webcams, electronic microscopes, ipads and ipods. Meadowburn embraces new technologies and uses these to enhance motivation for pupils and were proud to be awarded a ‘Digital School Award’ in 2019. We also use Lego Education We Do and games-based learning across the curriculum to improve pupil motivation and attainment. Glow, the Scottish Schools intranet, is used by pupils and teachers to engage in discussions and video conferencing and access resources useful for learning and teaching. Internet safety is an important part of the pupils’ education and a programme is in place to support them to learn safely online. Religious and Moral Education The Religious and Moral Education programme in Meadowburn was updated recently to reflect current guidelines in Scottish Education. Children learn about Christianity, Islam and Sikhism in order to celebrate and ensure representation of the diversity of culture and demographic within Meadowburn Primary. Other religions such as Hinduism may be explored if relevant to particular learning contexts or as part of the 3 yearly ‘Our Multicultural World.’ Weekly assemblies are designed to provide opportunities for religious observance and in addition, address a variety of topics for personal and social education and other curricular areas. Christian services are conducted by, Rev. John B.McGregor of Cadder Church, assisted by various classes, at Christmas, Easter, Harvest and at a leavers’ service in June. Religious Instruction and Observance Parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child from religious instruction and/or observance should contact the Head Teacher, in writing, and alternative arrangements will be made for your child. Expressive Arts The areas associated with the Expressive Arts are Music, Drama, Art and Design and Dance. All pupils are given opportunities and are encouraged to participate in performances and presentations throughout their time in school. Additional information on Curriculum for Excellence is available from the following websites:- www.educationscotland.org.uk www.parentzone.gov.uk https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk Please contact the Head Teacher if you would like any further information about the curriculum within our school.
Homework The school has a clearly defined policy on home learning, a copy of which can be obtained from the Head Teacher or from the school website. It is our aim to ensure that homework: · is an integral part of the curriculum · reinforces work undertaken in the classroom · involves parents in their child’s learning · helps to form good study/work habits · involves children as active learners Children will be given homework Monday-Friday. Homework tasks may include: Primary 1 – 3 · practise words and stories previously prepared by teacher · reinforce basic mathematics work of group · simple research related to topic · practise phonics and spelling · book reports as appropriate health related activities Primary 4 - 7 · practise reading aloud stories previously prepared by teacher · reading for pleasure · Heinemann Maths Home Link activities · research related to class topic · practise spelling words · book reports as appropriate · handwriting health related activities · general knowledge questions During the year there may be homework grids related to children’s interdisciplinary topic work. This homework format gives parents and children the opportunity to work together on a variety of tasks. Each child has a home-link diary which has details of the set homework, has teacher and parents feedback sections. The home-link diary should be brought to school each day in the child’s homework folder. Extra Curricular Activities A wide variety of extra curricular activities are available throughout the school year. Individual classes organise topic related trips during the school day and Primary 7 children are offered a week long residential visit to Ardmay House Outdoor Education Centre. They have the experience of canoeing, hill-walking, abseiling, gorge walking and bouldering. All children, including children with additional support needs, benefit greatly from these experiences, over- coming personal challenges and goals under the instruction of experts. We have a school football club, a chess club, Gaelic Choir, additional music tuition in addition to various after school and lunchtime clubs. Our pupils from Primary 4 – Primary 7 commit to a variety of 6 week Friday clubs developing skills such as chess, gardening, baking, knitting, football, dance and technology.
The school is used by gymnastic and badminton clubs outwith the school day. When children are going on school trips parents will be required to give their permission and also provide relevant medical information. Parents are informed, in advance and in writing, of the full details of any trips or extra curricular activities. Parents should note that pupils will not be allowed to use mobile phones on any school excursions. Parents should contact the school with any queries well before any excursion occurs and attend any parents evening regarding the Ardmay residential week. We are grateful to the staff and parents who volunteer their time and expertise to supervise these activities and volunteers and ideas for extra curricular activities are always welcome. After school clubs and lunchtime clubs currently being offered include: Football Training Baking Athletics Chess Drama Club Dancing Euro Quiz Club Netball Comments from Parents about the Curriculum The topics have been The projects give the interesting and fun. My child children an opportunity to really likes this way of learning explore new things and and she is constantly talking use their imagination. about her topics. Excellent visits from external sources to the school, which gave the pupils a real insight and great opportunities to ask more! Pupils are increasingly Project work – really ignited knowledgeable about passion for history. Health and Wellbeing – curriculum supports this well.
Section 5 – Assessment and Reporting Children’s progress is assessed through on-going observation of their performance in class, through progress check-ups at the end of units of learning, through teachers’ professional judgements as to how well the child applies their learning in specific contexts and through Scottish National Standardised Assessments in literacy and numeracy at P1, P4 and P7. Further information on these assessments can be found in Authority guidance for parents document ‘Assessment within East Dunbartonshire schools: A guide for Parents and Carers’ which can be found on the school website. All of these assessments provide us with information in relation to children’s attainment against standardised national norms and pinpoints any area of difficulty which can then be addressed. At Primary 3 we use a holistic screening assessment which covers a wide range of areas of learning. This approach enables us to identify where a child may be having difficulty in progressing in their learning. Our process for recording and reporting in light of Curriculum for Excellence is through the implementation of Learning Stories which provide an ongoing individual update of children’s learning experiences, achievements and their attainment progress. What is a Learning Story? Each child will have their own personal online Learning Story which contains samples of work that demonstrate what they have been learning and how they are progressing. The Learning Stories will be used regularly to discuss progress and set new targets. ‘I can’ statements will be highlighted or stamped to show when learning has been achieved. Evidence of learning will be recorded using photos, comment cards, certificates, photocopied jotter work and test scores. The Learning Stories are developed throughout the school year. They allow teachers, pupils and parents to explore the learning that has taken place over the session at regular intervals. The Learning Stories will provide a wealth of evidence and an accurate picture of what each child is learning in school and their next steps for development. The Learning Story will be used to help your child reflect on what they are good at, identify how they can improve, set learning targets which will help them do well in class and set personal targets which will help them get on well with other children. Curriculum for Excellence Levels Curriculum for Excellence levels are broad and designed for learners to revisit concepts more than once so that over a period of three or more years they can be introduced to a broad range of concepts and then have opportunities to develop depth of understanding, be challenged to think about what they have learned in different contexts and demonstrate that they can apply their skills and knowledge to situations in the real world. Children will progress through these stages differently which is one of the reasons a more personalised approach to reporting is necessary. Level Stages Early Pre-school to end of primary 1 or earlier or later for some children. First Primary 2 – Primary 4 or earlier or later for some children. Second Primary 5 – Primary 7 or earlier or later for some children.
How can you support at home? The Learning Story will be available for you to see online and share with your family. As you look through your child’s Learning Story you can add comments on your child’s progress. We would also ask you to share any learning that has gone on outside school using photographs, certificates or comment cards. Reporting to parents Your child’s teacher will provide a short written update on your child’s progress in November before our parent/ teacher meetings. Your child’s teacher will provide an end of session summative report at the end of June following parent / teacher meetings and send home the learning story at this time. You are encouraged to make written comments on your child’s progress report. We encourage you to contact the school at anytime if you have concerns about any aspect of your child’s education. Liaising with and Involving Parents in their Child’s Education The Education Service is keen to ensure that it involves all parents appropriately and sensitively in their child’s education. Under Education Law, “parents” include: - Non-resident parents who are liable to maintain or have parental responsibilities in respect of a child; - Carers who can be parents; - Foster carers, relatives and friends who are caring for children under supervision arrangements; - Close relatives, such as siblings or grandparents caring for children who are not “looked after and accommodated” by the local authority or are under home supervision (looked after) arrangements. Everyone who is a “parent” (under Education Law) has the right to receive advice and information about their child’s education and take part in activities. The Education Service will treat all parents equally. The exception to this is where there is a court order limiting an individual’s exercise of parental rights and responsibilities. Schools collect information about a child’s family circumstances on an annual basis. Where family circumstances change during a school session, it is important that parents inform their child’s school of these changes. Further information about how the Education Service seeks to work with parents is available in the publication Schools, “Parents” and “Parental Responsibility”: A briefing paper for schools and education support services under the management of East Dunbartonshire Council (2007). This publication is available from schools or the Chief Education Officer who can be contacted at: East Dunbartonshire Council The Marina Strathkelvin Place Kirkintilloch Glasgow G66 1TJ Tel: 0300 123 4510 Email: email@example.com
Section Six – Transitions Early Learning and Childcare Provision East Dunbartonshire is committed to the provision of high quality early years’ experiences for all children. We aim to provide places that meet the demands of both children and families, offering flexibility of provision where possible. The school's mainstream early learning and childcare provision provides 56 morning and 56 afternoon places for children aged 3 - 5 years with options of both morning/afternoon and full day blocks over the full year. The Gaelic Medium Education early learning and childcare provision provides 27 morning places for children aged 3 – 5 years. Early learning and childcare provision is non-denominational. This means that all Early Learning and Childcare Centre’s are open to children and parents of all religions and beliefs. Placement in the Early Learning and Childcare Centre does not guarantee a place in the primary school. Admission to Early Learning and Childcare provision in East Dunbartonshire All East Dunbartonshire early years establishments follow the Council’s early years’ admissions policy. (Available on the Council’s website) Funded places can be accessed either in a local authority Early Learning and Childcare Centre or with a funded provider in the private, voluntary and independent sector as well as childminders who have been accepted onto East Dunbartonshire Council’s framework to provide early learning and childcare. For administration purposes, parents are asked to complete an online registration form that can be found on the East Dunbartonshire website between January and end of February. Parents are asked to upload the relevant birth certificate(s) and proof of residency and a utility bill when enrolling their child(ren) if they are East Dunbartonshire residents. Parents who reside outwith East Dunbartonshire do not require proof of residency. It is important that you make an application by the end of February for children aged three to five for places for the forthcoming school year. Entitled 2 year olds who meet the eligible criteria can apply for funding with Local Authority centres that have 2 year old provision and with funded partners including childminders who have been accepted onto East Dunbartonshire framework and provide places for 2 year olds. Two year old applications should be completed online at any time. Children who are entitled to a 2 year old place will be required to complete supporting paperwork which can be found on the East Dunbartonshire website or can be obtained from any Early Learning and Childcare Centre. Children who are eligible to a funded 2 year old place become eligible after their 2nd birthday. Forms can be accessed from the Council’s website at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk . Application forms for Early Learning and Childcare Centres that provide provision for 0-2 year olds can be obtained from the Centre and returned completed to the Centre with birth certificate(s) and proof of residency and utility bill. It is important to note a placement within an East Dunbartonshire Early Learning and Childcare Centre/Partnership Centre does not give children an automatic place within an East Dunbartonshire Primary School.
Transfer from Early Learning and Childcare Centre to Primary Registration and enrolment The date for registration of new school entrants is advertised in all local nurseries, the local press and on the council’s website www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk. It is normally in January each year. Pupils should be registered in only one school for their catchment area. Parents will be provided with information about the school, when they register their child. Parents who want to send their child to a school other than the catchment school must make a placing request. Parents of pupils who have moved into the catchment area or, who wish their child to transfer to the school, should contact the school office for information. Before leaving an Early Learning & Childcare Centre, a transfer of information record for each child will be prepared by Early Year’s staff to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of education for the child transferring to primary. Primary School Admissions There is currently a consultation on the Admissions Policy for Primary and Secondary Schools. The results and any changes will be published on the EDC website. Secondary School Admissions There is currently a consultation on the Admissions Policy for Primary and Secondary Schools. The results and any changes will be published on the EDC website. Primary to Secondary Transfer There is currently a consultation on the Admissions Policy for Primary and Secondary Schools. The results and any changes will be published on the EDC website. Placing Requests There is currently a consultation on the Admissions Policy for Primary and Secondary Schools. The results and any changes will be published on the EDC website. Mid Session Transfers There is currently a consultation on the Admissions Policy for Primary and Secondary Schools. The results and any changes will be published on the EDC website. Transport for Placing Requests If a Placing Request is successful, parents will be responsible for the safety and transportation costs of their child to and from their chosen school.
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